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hands in his blood. And for but of adoption ; crying abba, Christ's zeal, for his Father's father. The happiness attainable honor, and the mighty works under it, approaches near to that which he wrought in his Father's of the heavenly world ; so near name, did not his brethren of the does its land border, as it were, human race, his kinsmen accord- upon it, that believers in the ing to the flesh, hate and revile present state, are said to be him, mock and persecute him," come to mount Sion, to the even to the death of the cross ? city of the living God, to the

The apostle, Heb. xii. 24, con- heavenly Jerusalem, to the intrasts the blood of Christ with numerable company of angels, the blood of Abel to display its to the spirits of the just made meritorious virtue and excellent perfect,” &c. Yet it is not less effects. Ye are come to the blood true, that the greater part of of sprinkling which speaketh bet- professing Christians live as tho ter things than the blood of A- they stood upon no such ground, bel. Abel's blood declared his and possessed no such opportumurder and cried for vengeance nities. We possess an Old Testo be executed on guilty Cain ; tament spirit amidst New Testabut the blood of Jesus, while itment advantages. A promise is speaks him crucified and slain by left us of entering into rest ; but wicked hands, proclaims divine we seem at least, to come short displeasure appeased, justice pa- of it. How is this? Is it not owing, cified, vengeance suspended, God in a great degree, to the neglect propitious, pardon for the guilty, of the gospel Having assented peace to the conscience, hope to to'a system of doctrines, we fanthe desponding, and eternal life cy we know almost the whole to penitent transgressors.

that is to be known upon

this subject, and have nothing more to do, but to hold them fast an

gainst the errors of the times, From the London Evangelical and take heed that we do not Magazine.

dishonor them by an inconsist

ency of conduct. Hence, what Evangelical truth the grand object is called Religious Conversation, of angelical research. seldom turns upon the gospel,


any part of it be called in A meditation on i Peter i. 12. question ; but either upon our "Which things the angels desire to look own want of spirituality, or the into.

pleasures that we have formerly

experienced ; or, perhaps, upT is a truth, allowed by all on the talents of this or that

tion under which we live, affords When a company of Chrise us far greater advantages for tians meet together, and feel a spirituality and heavenly enjoy wish for improving conversation, ment, than

any other which pre- let one of them take a Bible and ceded it. To us, life and im- read ; and, as he reads, let him mortality are brought to light. frequently pause, and let any one The spirit that properly belongs that can, make a remark, or ask to it, is not a spirit of bondage, I a serious question, so as, upon

the whole, to promote the un- | Thus Mary stooped and looked derstanding of what is read.

-into the sepulchre, in hope of This would draw off the atten- discovering her Lord; and thus tion from less profitable things; believers are described as looking and the blessing of the Lord at- into the perfect law of liberty, or tending it, would, ere we are the gospel of Christ. aware, produce those holy pleas- Informer ages, the angels emures which, while pouring over ployed their capacious powers our own barrenness, we shall on other themes. At first, the sigh after in vain.

display of the divine persections Tocomfort the primitive Chris-in creation, furnished them with tians, who, as well as we, were matter for praise and gladness. “ in heaviness through mani- “ The morning-stais sang tofold temptations, Peter took nogether, and the sons of God other course than to declare un- shouted for joy." · Afterwards, to them the glorious truths of the providence of God, in the the gospel, and the vast advan-government of the world, entages which they had over all larged their mental boundary. others of former ages, in pos- “ One cried to another, saying, sessing the knowledge of them. Hoiy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Three things in particular he Hosts: the whole earth is full of holds up to their consideration : his glory!" But since the com--1. That the prophets were to ing of the Son of God in our naus ministering servants : “ Not ture, and the laying down of his unto themselves, but to us did life, they appear to bave been so they minister things which are engaged on this subject, as to be now reported." They sowed, comparatively indifferent to evethat we might reap.-2. That ry other. In other works of the things which they foretold, God, they had seen sometimes and which we possess, were the one perfection glorified, and objects of their most intense re- sometimes another; but here all search : « Of which salvation, unite their beams, and form ore the prophets have enquired and general blaze. These are the searched diligently ; searching things, therefore, which now what, and what manner of time they desire to look into.” the Spirit of Christ, which was The powers of angeis are far in them., did signify, when it tes- superior to those of men. Their tified before-hand of the sufier- means of instruction also, and ingrs of Christ, and the glory that long experience of divine things, should follow.”----.3. That such must render them far more cais the excellence and glory of the pable of understanding the gosgospel, as not only to be the stu- pel than we. Yet, with all their dy of prophets, but of angels : advantages and discoveries, such 6 Which things the angels de- is the fainess of the subject, that sire to look into.”

they are at an infinite distance It is generally supposed, I be- from comprehending it : all that lieve, that the phrase look into, is said of them is, that they “ dealludes to the cherubims which .sire to look into it.” were placed bending over the Angels were doubtless acMercy-seat, and looking as it quainted with the general design were, with intenseness at it.--- of salvation, from its first discor

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ery to man; but the particular, who created all thing's by Jesus
way in which it should be ac- Christ, to the intent, that now
complished, appears to have unto the principalities and pow-
been, in a great measure, hiddeners it might be known by the
from them. It was a way so church ; that is, by the redemp-
much above what any creature tion of the church, the manifold
would have expected, that tho' wisdom of God.” When the
there were hints of it under the event transpired, therefore, it was
Old Testament, and some very like a flood of light bursting forth
plain intimations, yet it was far upon them. The resurrection of
from being clearly comprehend Christ filled all heaven with trans-
ed. The prophets, as we have port. Hence, perhaps, we may
seen, did not fully understand account for the question of the
their own prophecies ; but dili- angel to Mary, “ Woman, why
gently searched into the mean-weepest thou ?" 9. do “ Did you
ing of them :-neither did the but know all, you would not
aposties, with all their advan- weep? It is not yours to weep
tages prior to the event :~-nei- now, but your adversaries !"
ther did evil angels, with all their The cross of Christ, instead of
subtilty ; for if Satan had known issuing in disgrace, is followed
that, from the death of Christ, with glory. His friends learned
his cause would receive so dead- to glory in it; yea, and to glorý
ly a wound, it is scarcely con- in nothing else : and well they
ceivable that he would have stir- might. It was glorious to see
red up Judas and the Jewish ru- the powers of darkness stripped
lers to accomplish it. He ap-naked, as it were, to their shaine;
pears to have entertained a kind -to'see Satan foiled by the wo-
of forlorn hope, that by getting man's seed, and his schemes ex-
him put to death in the most ig-posed to the derision of the uni-
nominious form, and by the on- verse ;-to see him taken in his
ly religious nation upon earth, own net, and falling into the pit
he should be able to stamp ever that himself had digged. It was
lasting infamy upon his name, glorious to contemplate the nu-
and that all after-generations merous and important bearings
would be ashamed to own him. of this one great event! By this
The disappointment and unex- the divine displeasure against sin
pected shock that he and his ad- is manifested in stronger lan-
herents met with on this occa- guage than if the world had
sion, seems plainly intimated by been made a sacrifice :-by this,
our Saviour's having "spoiled a way is opened for the consist-
principalities and powers, and ent exercise of mercy to the
made a shew of them openly, chief of sinners :--by a believ-
triumphing over them on his ing view of this, peace arises in
cross :” and though the holy the mind, and, at the same time,
angels might be supposed to un- purity in the heart :--for this
derstand much more than fallen he is crowned with glory and
ones--yet were they not equal honor in the heavens, principal-
to this subject till events made ities and powers being made
it manifest. Hence it is said, subject to him. This is the on-
" from the beginning of the ly hope of a lost world, the on-
world, to have been hid in God, Ily medium of acceptance wit'ı

Conversion of David.

God, and the only admissible plea
in our approaches before him.
This it is that will put every
grace in exercise in this world,

The following is a fact. AVID and Samuel were

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that to come, of which created were both of them men of more minds are susceptible.

than ordinary talents and erudi. These are a few of the bear- tion. Samuel was professedly a ings of the doctrine of the cross. humble believer in the doctrines Is it any wonder that angels of the cross, and to an eye of should desire to look into it ? charity,claimed, not without reaRather, is it not matter of won- son, the character of a Christian; der and shame that we who are but David, though in the prime more immediately interested in of life, was already a comfirmed it than they, should be so far be- Infidel. As they were frequenthind ? How is it that we should ly in each other's company, and be the last bring back the as their turn of thinking was far King: who are his bone and his from disposing them to spend flesh? Our Redeemer took not their time in conversing on ordiupon him the nature of angels ; nary or trivial matters, it not unyet they love him, and the gos- frequently happened, that the pel of salvation by him ; and truth of divine revelation bewherefore? They love God, and came a subject of feeling and therefore rejoice in every thing animated debate. In these disthat glorifies him in the highest : putations Samuel ever appeared --they love men, and therefore to reason with a coolness, fairrejoice in that which brings ness and candor, which eminent. peace on earth, and good-will to ly graced his Christian profesthem inthey rejoice in every sion ; while David, on the coninstance of the prosperity of trary aimed at nothing more, Christ's kingdom, and in being than to entangle his adversary themselves made subject to him by the sophistry of his arguHad we but their love with our ments, or to irritate his mild interest, we should not only em-temper by the peculiarly unfair ulate, but exceed their highest and obstinate manner, in which praise. While they, in innu- he maintained his positions.merable myriads, were saying, This latter object was in his with a loud voice, “ Worthy is view a favorite point ; and he the Lamb that was slain to re- left no method untried, which ceive power, and riches, and wis- he could possibly devise, that apdom, and strength, and honor, peared calculated to irritate ; and glory, and blessing,” we thinking that if he could once should not only say, “ Amen,” provoke the Christian, and throw but add, “ Thou art worthy ; for him into a passion, he should thou wast slain, and hast redeem- | have attained a splendid victory. ed us to God by thy blood, out However unreasonable or wickof every kindred, and tongue, ed this desire might be, yet he, and people, and nation !” whose way is covered with

clouds and darkness, was pleasGAIUS. ed to order events in such a way

as to gratify it completely. Dis.

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puting one evening on the favor- this! Does it dispose those who ite subject, and in the usual way, possess it, thus to come voluntahe had the satisfaction of accom- rily and humble themselves unplishing his object. Provoked asked at the feet of those whom by the unfairness, unreasonable they have offended Certainly ness and obstinacy of his adver- there is something in religion sary, the imperfect Christian something totally different from could bear no longer, but giving any feeling that ever entered into a loose to his passions, he spoke my heart." Such were the reunadvisedly with his lips, and in flections of the Infidel. Nor could a manner by no means calculat- he erase from his mind the imed to do honor to the meek spir- pressions which this scene had it of Christianity. David tri-made, till he himself became umphed, as though he had now hopefully possessed of the same attained something, that would meek and humble disposition. forever silence the champion of In view of this incident let divine revelation ; while Samu- professing Christians be exhortel, ashamed of himself, retired ed to maintain the peculiarities to confess his fault and to mourn of their Christian character. In in private before his God.

no respect perhaps are Christians Early next morning David more different from the generwas surprised by the appearance ality of mankind, apparently, than of Samuel, who lived at a con- in being disposed to take their siderable distance, and who, with proper places in view of their out waiting to be asked the oc- faults. The natural pride of the casion of this unseasonable vis- | human heart forbids mankind to it, accosted him in language to confess, that they have done the following purport : “ I have wrong, even when they are concome, dear brother, to confess to scious that they are guilty; and you my fault, and to ask your demands of this kind are often forgiveness. In the heat of our resented with peculiar spirit. conversation last evening I was the language of most hearts by thrown off my guard, my pas- nature is like this : “ If I have sions were excited, and I spake done wrong, I will never confess in a manner altogether unbecom- it.” While therefore the proing the profession, which I have fessed follower of our divine made. I have done wrong, I Redeemer comes forward unaskhave injured the cause of Christ, ed to confess his faults, and volI have treated you in a manner untarily takes his place in the which I cannot justify; I am sor- dust before men as an offender, he ry for my offence, and hope that gives the most striking evidence you will forgive me.” Nothing possible, that the power of divine could have been more astonish- grace has infused into his heart ing to David than this. He a disposition, to which the world could not possibly avoid ruminat- in general are total strangers. ing much on the humble appear. And who can say what conseance and language of the proses-quences may follow from such sed believer.“ Is this the Chris- an exhibition! tian !” exclaimed he to himself. The above relation furnishes “ Does Christianity infuse into us with a beautiful, and perhaps the heart such a disposition as I just illustration of Solomon's



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